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Why Aren’t There More Michigan Community College Graduates?

Chelsea Wilson thought she knew what going to college would be like. But she realized it didn’t match her picture of what it would be — a picture she had in her mind’s eye from the movies.

“I felt so out of place,” Wilson, 20, of Taylor said of that year at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. “I had no clue what I was doing.” So she left Schoolcraft  and started working. She’s hardly alone in dropping out of a community college.

Despite a push by politicians from former President Barack Obama to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to get more people to go to community colleges in an effort to improve the talent base in America and Michigan, the number of completions — those students who either complete a two-year degree or transfer to a four-year school — has remained low.